Tom Hardy and Christopher Nolan reveal why Bane is the ultimate villain for Batman

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The Dark Knight Rises will complete Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's Batman trilogy, and Bane actor Tom Hardy explains why his character is the most brutal and violent foe Batman has ever faced. Bane is all about results... horrible, horrible results.


Plus Christian Bale explains why Anne Hathaway has the toughest role in the movie.

Elizabeth Banks explains her Hunger Games character Effie Trinket.

Karen Gillan confirms how she fits into the Doctor Who Christmas special, as well as the show going forward.

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from John Carter.

The Dark Knight Rises

Tom Hardy explains Bane's approach to villainy and violence:

"He's brutal, brutal. He's expedient delivery of brutality. And you know, he's a big dude. He's a big dude who's incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and orientated fighting style. The result is clear. Do you know what I mean? It's: f**k off and die. Quicker. Quicker. Everything is thought out way before. He's hit you, he's already hit somebody else. It's not about fighting. It's just about carnage with Bane. He's a smashing machine. He's a wrecking ball. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it's nasty. Anything from small joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. It's anything he can get away with. He is a terrorist in his mentality as well as brutal action. So he's horrible. A really horrible piece of work."

Christopher Nolan adds:

"With Bane, we are looking to give Batman a physical challenge that he hasn't had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we're testing Batman both physically as well as mentally. Also, in terms of finishing our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft an epic, so the physicality of the film became very important. Bane's a very different kind of villain than Batman has faced before in our films. He's a great sort of movie monster, but with an incredible brain, and that was a side of him that hadn't been tapped before. Because the stories from the comics are very epic and very evocative - very much in the way that Bruce Wayne's origin story is epic and evocative. We were looking to really parallel that with our choice of villain. So he is a worthy adversary. What Bane represents in the comics is the ultimate physical villain."



Here are some new promo photos. []

Christian Bale says that he recently wrapped filming, and that he's pretty sure everyone is now done with filming. He also explains why he thinks Anne Hathaway's job as Catwoman is particularly challenging:

"I had plenty of scenes with Anne...In many ways, she has the hardest job. There are a number of people who feel that the Catwoman role has been defined previously. So, I always saw Anne's role as being the toughest job of any of us. In my case, I've stopped referencing outside sources. I now reference Chris' own world of Batman as a guide to what I will continue doing."


[Philippine Daily Inquirer]

Star Trek 2

Paramount has now announced that the sequel release date is now May 17, 2013. []


J.J. Abrams suggests that the sequel won't entirely assume people have seem his first film:

Even working on Star Trek right now, we cannot in any way rely on the first Star Trek. We can't think, "Okay, we've got it in the bag, everyone loves these characters." We have to start over in a way.



The Hunger Games

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Here's a new promo photo of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and a heavily made up Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket. And here's how Banks explains her character:

"Effie is a very complicated woman. She's a spinner. She spins everything into something positive. These kids have been pulled from their loved ones to compete on television in this horrible event in which they will likely lose their lives. [Effie is] charged with making their last days before they're in the Games as positive as possible, so that they go into the Games with a great attitude. And, of course, that seems crazy."



John Carter

Here are some higher resolution versions of the newly released promo photos. [/Film]


Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Here's the international trailer for the follow-up to Journey to the Center of the Earth, featuring returning costar Josh Hutcherson and new additions Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Michael Caine, because really any movie can be improved by the random additions of the Rock and Michael Caine.


Roland Emmerich's planned film on the technological singularity, which previously shut down pre-production so that Emmerich and futurist Ray Kurzweil could work on the script, has now delayed its release date from May 17, 2013 to November 1, 2013. [/Film]


Underworld Awakening

Here are some new promo photos featuring Kate Beckinsale holding a gun and, in a real shocker, somebody who isn't Kate Beckinsale also holding a gun. [ShockTillYouDrop]


Doctor Who

Putting to rest a lingering mystery that has baffled everyone (well...I've been curious about it, at least), Karen Gillan has finally confirmed Amy and Rory's role in the Christmas Special, "The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe":

"Amy is in the Christmas special, with her husband Rory. It's a cameo appearance but we're in there. It was really fun, I think we were only down for one evening, just came on set and ran around on set like we always do, it was like we never left. It was great fun...[The special is] very much the Doctor's story. Arthur and I make an appearance. It's brief, but really fun."


She also managed to simultaneously say that she's left the show and she doesn't know when she's leaving:

"I will miss it, it's like no other job. It's too much fun and I'm sure that I will never do a job like it. So I'm just really savouring it and the time will come when Amy has to go, I don't know when that is yet though."


[Doctor Who TV]

Elsewhere, Gillan again said that, when Amy does leave for good, that really will be the end of her involvement with the show:

"I don't want Amy to pop up again every so often, because for me it would take away from the big, emotional goodbye. Once she's gone, she's gone. I want people to remember the Amy Pond era as a good one."


The only question then is exactly when her "big, emotional goodbye" actually is - since she's back for the Christmas Special cameo, we can assume it hasn't happened yet. [Digital Spy]

And here are some more promo photos for the Christmas special. [Den of Geek]

Terra Nova

Here's a sneak peek, complete with cast interviews, for tonight's episode, "Now You See Me."

And here are four previews. [Terra Nova TV]

Here's a synopsis for episode eleven, "Within":


Lucas (Ashley Zuckerman) races to assemble the final pieces of his mystery device, in advance of the 11th Pilgrimage's arrival. Also, Jim and Taylor confront the colony's "Sixer" mole, Skye is reunited with a familiar face and Terra Nova prepares for war.



Once Upon a Time

Episodes ten, eleven, and twelve will reportedly be called "7:15am", "The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree", and "Skin Deep." [SpoilerTV]


Episode seven, which is the winter finale episode, is described as "Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own." Meghan Ory, who plays Red Riding Hood and Ruby on the show, promises this:

"Let's just say that it will be a very, very memorable episode. There are lots of cliffhangers, and it'll be a good teaser to get you wanting to come back when we start [season 1] up again in January."


Also, the tenth episode will feature a flashback to Red Riding Hood's past that reveals her connection with Snow White. Also, Jiminy Cricket actor Raphael Sbarge says we will see the moment that Jiminy Cricket actually becomes a bug. [TV Line]

American Horror Story

Here are some promo photos for episode nine, "Spooky Little Girl." [SpoilerTV]

The show has put out a casting call for at least one of the two babies:

MALES (1-2 months old; Caucasian) - NEWBORN BOYS. Must be blonde.

That description sounds like Rubber Man Tate might well be the father, but knowing this show, it's conceivable that he's only the father of one of the two kids. [SpoilerTV]



Here are some promo photos for episode five of the third series. [SpoilerTV]

The Secret Circle

Costar Jessica Parker Kennedy describes her character Melissa:

Melissa is passionate and grounded. She isn't evil but she hasn't exactly found her place in the circle in terms of how good or bad she is. She definitely has a naughty side but she's got a good heart and as soon as things get too serious she reigns it in.



Additional reporting by Marykate Jasper and Charlie Jane Anders.




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